Whisky Review: Arran Sherry Cask
Given the pricing, you probably won’t complain about this one.
Arran Sherry Cask “The Bodega” / 55.8% ABV / ¥9,500 ($67)
From Lochranza comes the Arran Sherry Cask, a whisky-lovers dram boasting natural cask strength, natural colour, and non-chill filtering from a 250L sherry hogshead. The front label also features braille, which is awesome and something I do not see on most bottles.
The blurb claims:
— Complex and luxurious. Notes of dark chocolate and ginger. Hints of spice, ripe figs and sweet cherries.
- Color: burnt umber (1.7) — quite dark
- Nose: turpentine, chocolate, stewed plums, honeycrisp apple, salt spray, and oloroso sherry
- Taste: honey, sherry, a very juicy fruitiness, some butter, tobacco smoke, and lemon zest
- Finish: quite long and sweet, with berry jam
I was somewhat skeptical when I bought this, only to find the bottle disappeared quite quickly before my eyes. It’s eminently drinkable, a very well-produced and integrated sherry bomb. While I did not get the cherry notes the label promised, it’s packed full of flavour that develops in the glass over time.
Considering the price, this is a good, affordable new mainstay to add your sherry go-to list.